Australia vs Pakistan, 1st Test: Records scripted so far
Hosts Australia put in a commendable shift at home as they piled on the runs in the opening innings of the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane. While Australia lead by a healthy margin of 276 runs, Pakistan are struggling to stay alive in the Test. A number of records have been scripted so far, as we take a look.
Naseem Shah becomes youngest debutant on Australian soil
As young Pakistani pace sensation, Naseem Shah received his cap on Thursday, he scripted history by becoming the youngest to debut in Australia, at the age of 16 years and 279 days. He went pas Ian Craig, who debuted at the age of 17. Overall, he is the ninth youngest to debut in Tests and the eleventh player to debut before turning 17.
Azhar-Masood register Pakistan's highest Test opening partnership in Brisbane
On the opening day, Pakistani openers Azhar Ali and Shan Masood were off to a decent start, scoring 75 runs. In the process, the pair also scripted the best opening stand for the side in Brisbane, going past the previous record of 72, between Mohsin Khan and Mudassar Nazar in 1981. It was also the highest first innings opening stand against Australia in Brisbane.
Asad Shafiq plays most consecutive Tests for Pakistan
Middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq scripted a unique one as he has now played the most number of consecutive Tests (65*) for Pakistan. The all-time record for the same is held by England's Alastair Cook, who played 159 consecutive Tests.
Yasir Shah faces second most balls in his Test career
While Yasir Shah is known to make the most impact with his bowling, he came up with a great performance with the bat, as he faced the second most number of deliveries in his Test career. While he faced 83 deliveries in this Test, his record for the same is of 93 deliveries, against this very side in 2017, in Sydney.
David Warner scripts records aplenty with 22nd Test century
Meanwhile, explosive Australian opener David Warner scripted quite a few records with his 22nd Test century, as this was his first Test century in 18 innings. In the process, he also scored his fourth Test century in Brisbane and it was his 16th Test century in Australia, while it was also his fourth Test ton against Pakistan.
Warner and Burns rock it in Brisbane
Besides scoring his century, Warner and Joe Burns rocked it with a 222-run partnership, as it was the pair's third and second-best partnership at the venue. It was also the fourth-best partnership at this venue, as the record for the same lies with Greg Blewett and Michael Slater, of 269, against Pakistan as well.
How has the match panned out so far?
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Pakistan were bundled out for 240, courtesy Mitchell Starc's 4/52. In reply, Australia were ruthless as they posted a mammoth total of 580, courtesy twin centuries by Warner (154) and Labuschagne (185). As of now, Pakistan have lost three wickets in the second innings, while they are still 250-plus runs behind.